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Studies

Gehmacher (1988a): study AT 1985

Publication

Author(s):
Gehmacher, E.
Title:
Wohlbefinden und Lebensqualität. (Feeling Well and Quality of Life).
Source:
Paper, Institut für Empirische Sozialforschung (IFES), 1988, Vienna, Austria

Investigation

Public:
Adults, followed 6 months, Austria, 198?
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 0
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
not reported

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole.....?
5  very satisfied
4
3
2
1  not at all satisfied

Numbers presented in reversed order (very satisfied '1', not t all satisfied '5')
Classification:
O-SLW-u-sq-n-5-b
Author's label:
Satisfaction with life in general
Full text:
Time sampling of happy behaviors during free play and Bayley testing. Analysis of 1 minute intervals during Bayley tests and 30 second intervals during free play

Rated:
1 no positive emotion observed
2 positive interest
3 smiling
4 strong laughter

Computation: average over all observations

Interviewer rating of happiness,  using flexible standards relative to the age of the subject.

Full instructions not reported.
Classification:
A-CA-mi-tsb-v-4-a
Author's label:
Happy person
Error estimates:
Retest-reliability over 6 month: r=+.29
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How would you rate the last month of your life. Was it a happy or an unhappy time for you......?
5  very happy time
4  fairly happy time
3  happy nor unhappy
2  rather unhappy time
1  very unhappy time
Classification:
O-HL-cm-sq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Happy time
Error estimates:
Reliability: Retest reliability over 6 month: r=+.34 Validity:
Full text:
Selfreport on 2 questions:

A  "Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are.....?"
1  not too happy
2  pretty happy
3  very happy

B  "How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life.....?"
1  rarely
2  now and than
3  fairly often
4  all the time

Summation: factor score
Classification:
M-AO-u-mq-*-0-a
Author's label:
Glück (Happiness)
Error estimates:
Reliability: Retest-reliability over 6 month: r=+.70 Validity:

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with life in general Recent happiness (< 1 year ago) Happy person Recent happiness (< 1 year ago) Happy time Recent happiness (< 1 year ago) Happiness Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)